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Miss Jatinder Kang BA (Hons), Masters of Research (MRes)

Postgraduate research student

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Jatinder Kang is a PhD student within the Southampton Education School in the Faculty of Human, Social and Mathematical Sciences, at the University of Southampton.

Her doctoral research is exploring how UK domiciled (home) first-degree students’ of Indian ethnicity define being successful and also how this influences their choice of university and subject. My masters research studied British Indian Sikh first-degree women and how they described their identity. My academic qualifications include BA (Hons) Sociology and MRes in Social Research from University of East London.

Jatinder Kang studied sociology at undergraduate level and social research at masters level both at the University of East London. Her undergraduate dissertation studied: To what extent do young British South Asian women ‘cope’ with two opposite identities?

Her masters dissertation studied: To what extent do young British Punjabi Sikh women ‘suffer’ from generational conflict and identity confusion; challenges and struggles between first and second generations.

She has also had 10 years of experience teaching, mentoring and supporting ‘Looked After Children’ within London and Kent in a range of settings including, residential, ‘secure’ units, special and mainstream secondary schools. She has held the following positions over these years, social care - Residential Social Worker (3 years), English and Maths tutor in childrens homes (1 year), SEN tutor (2 years) Education Adviser (2 years) and Acting Pupil referral unit manager (1 year).

Part time and voluntary positions have included – Teaching Punjabi to children (home tutoring), supervised contact between parents and children, outreach work supporting adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia, note-taker for SEN HE students (University of East London), support and guidance on undergraduate dissertation and essays.

Her main research passion lies within the British Sikh and South Asian groups.


Punjabi [spoken: fluent, written: fluent] Hindi [spoken; basic]

Other positions: LEA school governor, Kent

Research interests

  • The notion of success and being successful
  • UK domiciled (home) HE students of Black, British Asian and Chinese ethnic groups
  • Polish and Slovakian young people in Britain
  • British Asian communities
  • Class, class inequality, class and appearance, class and education
  • British politics, education and class
  • Ethnic identity, ethnic monitoring, narrow focus on ethnic groups
  • Pierre Bourdieu’s Forms of Capital theory especially cultural capital and social capital
  • British Asian group marriages and mixed faith/caste/class marriages
  • Young people in Punjab, North India
  • Academic reading and writing
  • Lives on council estates
  • Private and state education in U.K
  • Private home tutoring
  • The impact of infertility on British South Asian women
  • UK born and raised British Asian men's occupation choices
  • Social research philosophy
  • Value-free/laden research
  • Individual British communities
  • Looked after children in London
  • Pupil referral units

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Kang, J (2015) Inequality and the 1%. By Dorling, Danny. Reviewed in: Sociological Research Online. 20 (3).

Kang, J (Forthcoming, September 2015) Social Inclusion in Higher Education. By Basit, T and Tomlinson, S. in: Sociological Research Online 20 (4)

Kang, J. (Forthcoming October 2015) Inequality in the Promised Land. By Hereux, L. in: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity,

Kang, J. (Forthcoming October 2015) Participants’ perspectives on anonymising responses. In. Social Research Update

Miss Jatinder Kang
Southampton Education School University of Southampton
Building 32
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Twitter: @Jkk1g13Jatinder

Room Number: 32

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